The December 2008 meeting was called to order at 0900 hours by President Jimmy Chavez at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve & Conference center located at 1431 East Dunlap, Phoenix, Arizona. President Chavez began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
President Jimmy Chavez
Immediate past President Andy Swann
Executive Officer Pat Eagan
D-1 Dave Stopke
D-2 & Northern
Vice President (Proxy) Jim Bee
D-3 & Recording Secretary Jim Bee
District 4 Ed Simpson
D-8 Kevin McNichols
D-9 Chris Lentz
D-11 Bert Cheney
D-12 Nathan Teel
D-13 (Metro East) Bill Rogers
D-15 Matt Rosemeyer
D-16 John Smith
Executive Vice President
& OCI (Proxy) Dave Schroder
OCN II (Proxy) Kevin McNichols
Civilian Northern Zone (Proxy) Celina Murrieta-Gonzales
Civilian Central Zone I Mike Sloneker
Civilian Zone II Vicki Williams
Civilian Southern Zone &
Southern Vice President Celina Murrieta-Gonzales
Retired Central Zone (Proxy) J.R. Ham
Retired Southern Zone J.R. Ham
Retired Civilian Betty Gallery
Treasurer Dave Schroder
Asst. Treasurer &
Ring Coordinator (Proxy) Dave Schroder
AHPA STAFF PRESENT:
Executive Secretary Colleen Girard
Legal Counsel Greg Robinson
Lobbyist Nicole LaSlavic
Legal Services Jan Feltz
Financial Advisor Thomas Jonovich
George Bernal (New Mexico State Patrol Association)
FLOWERS / THANK YOU LETTERS:
Flowers – Bill Whitlow, Badge 20
K. Merrill Burk, Badge 852
Thank You Letters – Sarah Broan
NEW SWORN MEMBERS:
NEW CIVILIAN MEMBERS:
Samuel Salinas #7204
MEMBERS WHO HAVE RETIRED:
David L. Thompson #3360
MEMBERS WHO HAVE LEFT DPS:
NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBER:
Tom J. Norton
SICK & DISTRESSED:
DEATHS – FAMILY:
Ms. Jeanne Drouillard, Badge 153, passed away on November 5th. Ms. Drouillard was a dispatcher and the first women communication supervisor at the Department. She retired in 1983.
Retired Bill Whitlow, Badge 20, passed away on November 8th.
Retiree K. Merrill Burk, Badge 852 passed away on November 15th.
Ms. Diane Martin, mother-in-law of Carl Cooper, Badge 5918 passed away on November 29th.
Ms. Patti Sullivan, sister of Marla Schrecengost, Badge 5827 passed away on November 29th.
Mr. David Quezada, brother of Retiree Benjamin Quezada, passed away on December 2nd.
Mr. Kevin Tijerina, son-in-law of Lt. Jeff King, passed away on December 9, after an illness.
Bob Gilbert’s father passed away on December 13.
Lt. Larry Perry”s father passed away
DEATHS – LINE OF DUTY:
This year 128 Police Officers have died in the line of duty. Sixteen Officers have died since the last meeting:
Four were killed in vehicle collisions
Three were killed after being struck by vehicles
Two were killed during vehicle pursuits
Two were killed by gunfire
Two were killed by a bomb
One was killed in a motorcycle collision
One was killed by vehicular assault
One was killed in a helicopter accident
Eight were from Municipal Agencies
Four were from County Agencies
Three were from State Agencies (Oregon State Police, California Highway Patrol, & Arkansas Game & Fish Commission)
One was from a U.S. Government Agency (Department of Justice – FBI)
All sixteen were male
1) Police Officer Nathaniel Burnfield
South Strabane Township, P.D., Pennsylvania
Age 27 Years of Service 5
Killed Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Struck by vehicle
2) Police Officer Charles Skinner
North Salt Lake City P.D., Utah
Age 30 Years of Service 6 months
Killed Friday, November 7, 2008
3) Deputy Sheriff Lawrence Canfield
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, California
Age 43 Years of Service 13
Killed Wednesday, November 12, 2008
4) Sergeant Monty Carmikle
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Age 45 Years of Service 23
Killed Sunday, November 16, 2008
5) Sergeant Timothy Simpson
Philadelphia P.D., Pennsylvania
Age 46 Years of Service 20
Killed Monday, November 17, 2008
6) Special Agent Samuel Hicks
United States Department of Justice –
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Age 33 Years of Service 3 years, 6 months
Killed Wednesday, November 19, 2008
7) Police Officer Alex Del Rio
Hollywood P.D., Florida
Age 31 Years of Service 9
Killed Saturday, November 22, 2008
8) Deputy Sheriff Nick Pham
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
Age 38 Years of Service 4
Killed Wednesday, November 26, 2008
9) Sheriff Brent Lee
Trinity County Sheriff’s Department, Texas
Age 58 Years of Service 30
Killed Thursday, November 27, 2008
10) Reserve Officer Curtis Jones
New Orleans P.D., Louisiana
Age 74 Years of Service N/A
Killed Saturday, November 29, 2008
11) Police Officer Robert Davis
San Antonio P.D., Texas
Age 26 Years of Service 1
Killed Monday, December 1, 2008
Struck by vehicle
12) Police Officer Timothy Abernethy
Houston P.D., Texas
Age 43 Years of Service 11
Killed Sunday, December 7, 2008
13) Deputy Sheriff Brian Denning
Summer County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee
Age 36 Years of Service 12
Killed Monday, December 8, 2008
14) Captain Tom Tennant
Woodburn P.D., Oregon
Age 51 Years of Service 28 years,4 months
Killed Friday, December 12, 2008
15) Senior Trooper William Hakim
Oregon State Police
Age 51 Years of Service 11 years,5 months
Killed Saturday, December 13, 2008
16) Officer Joseph Sanders
California Highway Patrol
Age 29 Years of Service 1 year,2 months
Killed Monday, December 15, 2008
Struck by vehicle
For more information on these officers, refer to www.odmp
[Officer Down Memorial Page])
A MOMENT OF SILENCE WAS HELD.
Seat New Board Members & Proxies
New District 9 rep Chris Lentz was seated. Motion from Vicki Williams, seconded by Nate Teel to accept the consent agenda. Motion Carried.
GUEST SPEAKER – PHIL CASE:
Phil Case gave a short history of the Department’s budget to the Board. Goals of the Executive staff:
a) minimum the impact on Public safety
b) maximize the efficiently of the Department
c) preserve employee jobs
d) preserve the base salaries of our employees
The Department has conducted 4 rounds of budget cuts:
1) Given back $10 million from GITEM
2) Given back $5 million from Photo enforcement cost
3) Department in total hiring freeze
4) February cadet class cancelled
5) May cadet class pending cancelled
6) Tuition reimbursement suspended
7) Leave amortization cancelled
8) Secondary language pay cancelled
9) Overtime budget reduced by 5%
10) Each Division looking at 6% cut
11) Fleet replacement cut by 20%
Department is trying to hire an procurement manager.
GUEST SPEAKER – DENNIS ISAACSON
Dennis gave a summary of the golf committee and tournament to the Board. The 2009 tournament will be held on June 13, 2009 at the Antelope golf course in Prescott. Room rates at the Prescott Resort will remain the same as last year. Cost of the tournament will be $85.00 for members & $110.00 for non-members. Contract with Antelope Hills is through 2010. Golf committee is looking for new members to take over after 2010. Entire committee will be retiring. Anyone interested in taking over contact Dennis.
Greg Robinson, Bob & Coe Mitchell addressed the Board on the DPS Museum be located at the southeast corner of the Encanto Plaza complex, located west of the Headquarters building. Meeting of the committee will be held on December 18th to start ground work. For further information contact Coe Mitchell at email@example.com
Nicole LaSlavic addressed the Board on next year’s propriety:
1) Protect the Department’s money in the budget
2) Redaction for internet
a) includes civilian’s & retirees
Jan Feltz addressed the Board on two issues:
a) One matter will have a settlement instead of a hearing
b) Working on several medical retirements
Greg Robinson reported to the Board on several issues:
1) Collection started on Default judgment awarded on Paul Sennett’s outstanding loan from the Chandler Justice Court.
2) Theodore Edwards contacted Greg about lawsuit, wanted to give $100.00 per month towards amount on 2 outstanding loans. Lawsuit moving forward.
3) Will attend tomorrow’s meeting on Department’s museum for set-up on 501C3 IRS account.
4) By-laws posted on the Association’s website
General Checking: $ 151, 7788.07
Savings: $ 56,721.31
Merchandise: $ 9,309.60
Bass: $ 1,691.59
Rodeo: $ 15,391.22
Golf: $ 26,432.31
Raffle: $ 26,544.16
Charities: $ 9,486.60
PAC $ 27,844.41
Heber – AHPA Cabin $ 1,617.51
Merrill Lynch $ 354,618.00
Monument Account $ 13,777.10
– $311.90 Bruce Harrolle name plate
Snedaker Account (Originally) $ 40,084.00
– $1000.00 Leigh Whitlow
(Remaining) $ 16,467.24
Funding Requests (Budgeted) $ 5,000.00
July 2008 0.00
Balance $ 4,286.56
Sick & Distressed (Budgeted) $ 4,000.00
July 2008 0.00
Balance $ 3,750.00
Dave Schroder advised the Board that all work on the main cabin and Association cabin is completed, except for the new security
door on the cabin, which was a special order. Dave passed around pictures of the work, which will be posted on the website.
Dave Schroder advised the Board on the new Association rings. The men’s civilian ring is completed which he had a sample to pass around. Sworn men’s ring will be started. Ring orders will be started in February. New ring order forms will be completed with anyone who has already ordered a ring being contacted about these changes before their ring is ordered.
Colleen Girard advised the Board that the raffle had 3280 tickets sold.
District 12 – Nate Teel advised that several officers attended the memorial service for Bill Whitlow.
Sworn Retiree’s – J.R. Ham reported that the Retiree Coalition donated $2000.00 towards the DPS museum. Out of 650 members there are 350 Association members.
District 8 – Kevin McNichols reported that one former member has asked about the 2nd chance program. On January 10th there will be a Manny Tapia clean-up day conducted.
District 9 – Chris Lentz reported that Bobby is back home from California; the Department is looking into which tests they would require for him to go back to work.
Civilian Southern – Celina Murrieta-Gonzales reported that several Dispatchers will be taking part in the Christmas bears in Tucson next week.
District 3 – Jim Bee reported that Lt. Larry Parks will be taking over for retiring Lt. Jack Johnson in January. Christmas bears will be delivered at the Winslow hospital, the Hope House & Summit Regional Medical Hospital in Show Low, and the Safe house in Pinetop on Christmas Eve.
President Chavez addressed the Board on a possible conflict of interest with our Lobbyist William’s & Associates, with the insurance carve-out. They represent United Health Care, who is our current provider thru the State. President Chavez wanted the Board to approve his selection of another Lobbyist firm to represent the Association during the carve-out process. Motion made by Matt Rosemeyer, seconded by Bert Chaney to approve this search. Motion carried
President Chavez also advised the Board that radio station KDKB along with the Hooters restaurants are collecting stuffed animals for the Association to be used by our Officers as trauma animals.
President Chavez addressed the Board on an ongoing conflict within the Arizona Police Association (APA). The conflict is with the Phoenix Police Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) and the Phoenix Police Sgt. & Lt. Association (PPSLA). PLEA submitted a resolution to the APA to have PPSLA reduced from a full member to being an auxiliary member without voting rights.
REQUEST FOR FUNDING:
Kevin McNichols made a motion to fund $200.00 towards refreshments for the Manny Tapia cleanup, seconded by Bill Rogers. Motion carried
Kevin McNichols made a motion to fund $500.00 towards a memorial for Tucson P.D. Officer Erik Hite, on behalf of the Bear Canyon Neighborhood Association. Motion died for lack of second. Kevin then made a motion to fund $200.00 towards the memorial. Motion seconded by Celina Murrieta-Gonzales. Motion failed
MOTION TO ADJOURN BY CELINA MURRIETA-GONZALES, SECONDED BY DAVE SCHRODER. MOTION PASSED.
Next meeting will be held on January 21,2009 at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve & Reception Center at 1431 East Dunlap. Phoenix, Arizona. Meeting will start at 0900 hours.
Jim Bee, Recording Secretary
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